The Divided Self: Finding Peace in a Fractious Mind

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Inner conflict assumes many forms — guilt, shame, self-criticism, low self- esteem, indecisiveness, even self-harm. The self is not a monolithic psychological entity, but one characterized by multiple “personas” that sometimes harbor competing agendas, attitudes, and opinions. Inner conflict and division challenge us to transform the most constant and, arguably, the important relationship we have — that with one’s self. We will examine the origins and workings of the divided self, how to negotiate a psychological truce, and paths toward reconciliation, healing and, eventually, inner peace. Beautiful Music today from the UUCW Adult Choir and Ruben Piirainen, Music Director.

About our Guest: After 32 years as President and CEO, Philip recently retired from Empathia, Inc., a behavioral services firm providing health, safety and productivity solutions for over 400 organizations across North America. He remains a practicing psychotherapist and newspaper columnist.

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